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All’s Fair in Love and Opera in Season Finale!

LOVE01Pioneer Playhouse of Danville, Kentucky will finish out its regular 2018 play season with Living on Love, a romantic comedy written by Joe DiPietro, based on the play Peccadillo by Garson Kanin.

Living on Love opens on August 7 and runs through August 18. The story revolves around two larger-than-life characters, a demanding opera diva slightly past her prime, and her explosive maestro husband. Complications in the relationship arise when the diva, played by Playhouse favorite, Erika Lee Sengstack, discovers that the maestro, played by Drinking Habits director, Eric Seale, has become enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his largely fictional autobiography. The diva decides to hire a handsome young scribe of her own to pen her memoirs. Inevitably, sparks fly, silverware is thrown, and romance blossoms in the most unexpected ways.

LOVE03“My mother is the one who discovered this play, and really fell in love with,” says Heather Henson, Managing Director of Pioneer Playhouse, speaking of Charlotte Henson, wife to founder Col. Eben C. Henson. She has been the Producer of the historic theatre since Eben’s death in 2004. “Mom is truly the backbone of the theatre. She, my brother, Robby Henson, and I, all read various plays throughout the year and eventually hone in on five to fill out a season.”

Living on Love is a new version of an older play, and it was recently performed on Broadway, starring renowned opera singer, Renee Fleming as the diva. “It feels like an old black and white film,” wrote the Associated Press in its review of the Broadway production. “And yet there’s a newness here too…[a] satisfying, sweet comedy.”

Tony“It’s a classy show because it’s about opera,” says Heather Henson, “but it’s also just downright funny, with lots of silly comic moments, lots of energy. It’s also surprisingly tender. Ultimately it shows that love conquers everything, including gigantic egos and marital mishaps!” 

Living on Love is directed by Anthony Haigh, who recently retired as Director of the Theatre Program at Centre College in Danville after many years, and who continues to act and direct professionally throughout the country.

“We’re always thrilled when Tony is able to work with us at the Playhouse,” says Heather Henson. “Tony has both acted and directed for us, and his shows are always brilliant productions. He’s one of those directors who can pull a complicated play together in ten days – a skill not every director possesses! We know a show directed by Tony will be completely ready on opening night with a terrific set, gorgeous costumes, perfect music, and of course, top-notch work from the actors themselves.”

Living on Love will run from August 7-18. Plays are performed nightly, Tuesdays through Saturdays, at 8:30 pm. A home-cooked dinner featuring hickory-smoked BBQ pulled pork or chicken, and farm-fresh sides, is served at 7:30 pm each evening before the show. (Vegetarian option is available if ordered 24 hours in advance.) A bar serving wine, beer, and mixed drinks will be open for those 21 and over. Reservations are recommended for the show, required for dinner. (Dinner & Show: $34 (including KY sales tax); Show Only: $19 (including KY sales tax.)